Course Structure

Course Structure

The programme will consist of 35 weeks of school centred training from the beginning of September to the end of June. Initially, you will spend time undertaking focused observation in classes of your own subject and within other faculties to help you begin to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills required to plan for pupils’ learning. Going forward, four days per week will be in the school environment, with one day in Conference Sessions focusing on your growing professional, personal and academic knowledge, understanding and skills. These will enable you to become effective teachers and ensure you are provided with a programme that enables you to meet the Teachers’ Standards at a good or outstanding level.

Six of the conference days will be with Liverpool John Moores University staff in order to develop your Masters work.

Trainees will need to travel to Tarleton Academy near Preston for 5 sessions over the year and also to Liverpool John Moores University for an induction day. If required, transport to Tarleton can be provided.


The training programme consists of two extended school placements in two contrasting schools from September through to February and then February through to June within our Partnership schools: Bridgewater High School, Beamont Collegiate Academy, Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School or Penketh High School. You will also experience enhancement placements with our partners, where you will undertake a range of activities including observation, team teaching and group work in the following aspects: Key Stage 5/Challenging Schools/SEND/EAL and Primary.

At the end of your first school placement, if you have successfully met all teaching standards, there will be an opportunity to request a placement at Priestley Sixth form College which will allow you to include an extended period working with KS5 students.

As you progress, your timetable and teaching load will be tailored to your needs and determined by your confidence and competence. We recruit candidates who have the potential to be highly effective teachers and we aim for all trainees to be outstanding by the end of their year training with us. Our Teacher Training programme, designed by our schools’ outstanding teachers and leaders, will ensure a firm grounding in practical skills. Spending more of your training in the school environment, for some trainees, is proving to be the best grounding for a career in teaching. Our programme is designed to create the next generation of outstanding teachers who will help lead our schools to success.

Aims of the Course

  • We will work with you from the point of interview , through a high quality training programme, which will be seen as the first part of your professional development, ensuring a smooth and successful transition to the NQT Induction and beyond;
  • Mindful of the challenges you will face, we will support you with respect, whilst exercising a duty of care at each stage of your personalised training being mindful of the impact on the challenges you might be facing;
  • You will be expected to make a positive contribution to pupils’ learning from the beginning of your programme; expectations for learning and development are central to the training programme we have devised;
  • We will provide opportunities for you to train in a variety of exciting, challenging and innovative schools across the partnership, learning first hand from experienced teachers and trainers;
  • We will create an holistic training programme putting the well-being and safeguarding of you and the pupils you teach at its heart;
  • We will ensure that you are equipped to enjoy the rewards and challenges of the teaching profession and we recognise the need to nurture the next generation of committed, resilient, high quality teachers and school leaders.